Chancellor's Message: SDCCD celebrates two important decisions affecting students
June 18, 2020 |
Dear Board Members, Colleagues, Students, and Friends:
This week has been a seminal week of critical legal decisions affecting DACA and undocumented students, and we are celebrating these victories. In the news items below, two important legal outcomes are described. First, the San Diego Community College District was one of the five plaintiffs that joined the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office in successfully suing the U.S. Department of Education. The lawsuit challenged the USDOE and Secretary Betsy DeVos for placing restrictions on the federal stimulus CARES Act funding which excluded DACA, undocumented, and other students from grants to help them cope with the COVID-19 crisis. Second, the Supreme Court ruled that the Administration’s effort to end the DACA program was “arbitrary and capricious,” thereby allowing the program to continue.
Although there will no doubt be future challenges, it is heartening to see legal support for the rights of students. The San Diego Community College District, the Board of Trustees, the faculty and staff, and student leaders share the philosophy that all students are important and all students deserve the same support and protections as they pursue their educational goals. I am personally encouraged to see our philosophy of equity and inclusion prevail in these two decisions, and I am especially proud that our District played an active role in advocating for our DACA and undocumented students.
Dr. Constance M. Carroll
San Diego Community College District